The contrast is striking. Us President Donald J. Trump, after threatening to obliterate North Korea, has developed a friendship with North Korean President, Kim Jong Un, as they exchange warm personal letters and make history by stepping inside North Korea.
Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refuses even to talk with the Trump administration and publicly curses President Trump, his son-in-low Jared Kushner and American Ambassador David Friedman.
Not surprisingly, the difference in consequences is also striking.
The two situations are not exactly comparable but, unlike the shrewd North Korean dictator, Abbas is bungling any chance to gain advantages for the Palestinians and their own hoped-for sovereignty. In poker terms, he is playing a bad hand badly.
Interviews and conversations I had during nearly two weeks traveling in Israel and Jordan illustrate that the so-called peace process isn’t just stalled. It is dead and buried.
By refusing to talk to America and negotiate with Israel, Abbas has turned back the clock on any possibility for Palestinian statehood. Twenty years after the terrorist Yasser Arafat rejected a US-brokered offer at Camp David that would have created a fully separate nation, no such offer is even remotely being considered.
And so while Israel continues to expand its international alliances and pour concrete in disputed lands, Palestinians are reduced to throwing stones in protest. But their threats of greater violence, an all-purpose fallback for 75 years, have lost their power as Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refuse to be intimidated.
Source: New York Post